Frank was welcomed to the Board at the charity’s AGM and new brand launch in November last year, picture here with Enterprise Manager Dawn Eckhart.

Frank said: “The reason I am doubly delighted is that the citation is for two strings to my bow, for services to people with disabilities and for service to the people of Crediton.”

Frank (70) was born without arms, but has not allowed this to rule his life. A retired teacher, he is also a gifted linguist and a father of five children.
Frank, who was brought up in the East End of London, is well-known for presenting many inspirational talks across the country to groups of children and adults called “Feet First”, where one of the activities he demonstrates is peeling a potato with a knife held between his toes. He has appeared on television many times, in the news and in two documentaries, explaining how his disability has not held him back in life.

Despite being a bi-lateral congenital amputee, Frank has an impressive portfolio of voluntary work since 1993 and due to his diligence and inspiration Crediton Town Council has achieved far more than other towns.

Frank's motto in life is simple: "Be content with what you have got and you will go far."
He adds: "I don't compare myself with other people. Instead I have my own hurdles and goals that are geared up to please me. "If I please other people while doing it, then that is great."

Chair of the Board, Teresa Butchers is delighted with her new member of the Board, “Frank is a true inspiration and we are delighted that he is part of our team. This honour is fitting for a man who has dedicated so much time and passion to help others help themselves.”

Frank said that he has been told he will be invited to receive his award at a ceremony within the next six months.